End InSight February 2003

Date issued

Extreme drought conditions have expanded across Nevada and Utah since last month’s Drought Monitor, and extreme to exceptional drought conditions remain in place over the northern Rockies and parts of the Great Plains. In Arizona and New Mexico, drought conditions remain almost unchanged since January, due to the persistence of long-term (hydrological) drought impacts. Generally speaking, drought conditions intensify from east to west across our region, with no drought to moderate drought conditions in New Mexico and severe to exceptional drought conditions in Arizona. Mid-February storms, which produced substantial amounts of rain in central-western Arizona, did not have a large effect on important water-producing parts of the state, and because the temperatures were at or above freezing, the storms actually reduced some of the snowpack in Arizona. Snowpack levels in Arizona are far below average for this time of year and reservoir levels are far below capacityas well. Most of the Colorado River watershed is in similar severe conditions.

Published by the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS), with support from University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, the Arizona State Climate Office, and the New Mexico State Climate office.

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